Israel Bonds for the Southeast region will honor Atlanta Jewish Times Owner and Publisher Michael Morris as its 2019 Atlanta community honoree. A gala tribute dinner and reception will be held this year at City Springs on March 13.
Morris will be recognized for his longstanding support for Israel, his passion for the Atlanta Jewish community and for his leadership at the AJT. This year’s event is a standout because it comes during the continuing commemoration of Israel’s 70th anniversary.
Guest speaker is Israel’s permanent United Nations Ambassador Danny Danon with a special musical performance by Peter Yarrow, Grammy winning member of Peter, Paul and Mary. Event co-chairs are Belinda Morris, Kaylene Ladinsky and Renee Werbin.
Morris will follow a long list of community leaders who have been recognized in recent years at the annual gala, including Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank; Gov. Nathan Deal; The RADCO Companies CEO Norman Radow; and Aprio Managing Partner and CEO Richard Kopelman.
Israel Bonds Executive Director Brad Young said, “It is an honor to be able to recognize Michael Morris for his contributions to the Atlanta Jewish community. The Atlanta Jewish Times has been revitalized and become a publication our community can take great pride in under his leadership and guidance. Not only does the AJT provide great coverage of the Atlanta Jewish community, our people, schools, organizations and synagogues, but the coverage of Israel has improved dramatically and been exceptional under Michael’s stewardship.”
Morris recently spearheaded the resoundingly successful premiere Atlanta Jewish Life Festival, where more than 4,200 Jews from all walks of life gathered at the Georgia Aquarium Jan. 13.
About the Bonds recognition, Morris said, “I remember hearing stories about my father raising money for Israel Bonds during the Yom Kippur War. I was quite honored to be asked to be this year’s award recipient, to help raise money for Israel, and follow in his footsteps.
“Israel is close to my heart,” he added. “It is my home away from home. It is not only important for me to support my extended family there, but it is important to teach my children, here in Atlanta, that Israel is a vital piece of our Jewish identity.”
The Israel Bonds organization ranks among Israel’s most valued economic and strategic resources, helping to build every sector of the economy by providing investment capital. Israel Bonds has exceeded $1 billion in domestic sales each of the past six years, and for 2019, the finance ministry of Israel has requested a goal of $1.1 billion in sales in the United States.
Tickets to the Israel Bonds gala tribute dinner are $180 (not tax deductible). For more information, contact the Israel Bonds office 404-817-3500.